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Maggi HAMBLING 1945 -

Biography

Maggi Hambling is an English oil painter and sculptor. She was born in Sudbury, Sussex. She initially studied with Cedric Morris and Lett Haines from 1960, whose noteable pupils, in this unorthodox live-in basis that mingled artistic development with a social circle, at various points included Lucian Freud, Bettina Shaw-Lawrence, David Kentish, David Carr, Joan Warburton and Glyn Morgan.
 
After studying with Morris at the Ipswich School of Art in East Anglia from 1964-67, she went on to Camberwell School of Art (1967-69) and the Slade School of Art in London.
 
Maggi Hambling is a figurative painter, sculptor and printmaker whose strong identification with her subjects is expressed in bold handling and colour. Her work is expressionistic, imbued with an immediacy she achieves by building up her subject through swirls of colour. Her vivid observations in paintings and charcoal sketches encapsulate her direct and committed engagement with her subject, interpreted in dynamic and bravura impressions.
 
Her main muse of recent years has been the North Sea.
 
She was the first Artist-in-Residence at the National Gallery, London (1980–81).
 
In 1995 she was awarded an OBE for her services to painting followed by the award of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours.
 
Notable cultural commentator John Berger, author of Ways of Seeing said of her:
“If there's one adjective to describe Maggi, it is courage. She is unflinching. She looks at people, sees their shortcomings and their pain, but she doesn't look away.”
 
Maggi Hambling describes her high point as:
"The good half an hour when the muse arrives, and something finally happens."